Archive for November, 2012

Let’s Celebrate

Key Verse: “For to us a child is born, the Prince of Peace”

(Isaiah 9:6)

Our hope is for our kids to: Remember what God has done

(Open the bible and read to your child Jeremiah 33:14-16) This passage was written about 600 years before the birth of Jesus. The Promised Land (Israel) was divided in two kingdoms and both had been overtaken by enemies. Jeremiah gave a message of hope, saying that a king would come from the line of David, but this king would be wiser and have more righteousness than any other king ever. This passage gives us an understanding of why the disciples and followers of Christ thought that Christ would overthrow the Roman rule and restore Jerusalem. However, Jesus came to restore mankind and create a new covenant, one full of grace and truth that we now can rejoice in!

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Tell about a time someone kept an important promise to you. How did it feel for the promise to be kept? How would it have felt if the person had failed to keep the promise? Then encourage your children to talk about the need to believe in what we say to each other. Talk about ways that God’s promises are trustworthy.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Gather condensed milk, food coloring, white bread, paintbrushes, bowls, and a toaster. Set out four small bowls. Pour into each bowl one tablespoon of condensed milk. Drop a few drops of food coloring into the bowls to make the colors of your choice. Mix well. As a family talk about the importance of keeping promises. Discuss the importance of trusting God to keep his promises. Then with a clean paintbrush, use the colored milk as your “paint” and paint pictures or designs on your bread that represent how God keeps his promises. To reveal your design, lightly toast your bread in the toaster. Say a “toast” to God, and thank him for fulfilling his biggest promise through Jesus.